Welcome to the McSween Photography blog!

Hello, and welcome to the McSween Photography Blog! We are Harry and Tanya McSween, a husband and wife portrait and wedding photography team based in Western, North Carolina. We love telling stories through the images we create and cannot wait to meet you and tell your story. Here on our blog you can find our latest work. We are glad you are here. If you are interested in our services and would like more information click here.

Aug 16, 2017

Vacation Fun

Last week we took our annual end of summer vacation. We went to Beaufort, SC to visit Harry’s folks, they moved to Beaufort back in December. We packed a lot into one week, and the motto turned out to be “well, at least we tried.” Haha. It seemed every time we tried to do something we would get rained out…but we still had a blast. On our last day we had a day full of sunshine.

We needed a break away from home and to spend some good time together. Our week consisted of hunting for fiddler crabs, kayaking, fishing on the boat, adventuring on the sandbar, going to the beach, bike rides, and fun at the pool. Needless to say there was not a lack of entertainment. We ate good food, got good rest and had tons of fun.

Documenting my kids experiences and seeing their excitement for new things is such a joy for me. And just as a disclaimer the beardless man in all our photos is in fact Harry, he shaved his beard, so we did not bring some random person on vacation with us, haha. This post is the continuing personal journey of savoring motherhood through photography. Enjoy…there is more to come.


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Family gathering to celebrate new life

Meet Rima, Jeff and soon to be baby girl! Reshma, Rima’s sister threw her a sweet summer baby shower to celebrate the upcoming arrival of her baby girl.

The beautiful Saturday morning started with some family photos of Rima with her husband Jeff, and Reshma, with her husband Aashish and their beautiful girls, extended family and friends. Many friends and family arrived to celebrate with Jeff and Rima, the joy of new life to come.

After eating and mingling for a bit the ladies and gents went their own ways and the ladies celebrated with a few traditions, and fun baby games. It was a joy to celebrate with you all, Enjoy.


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Aug 06, 2017

Summer, Sunflowers, and Smiles

Meet Karaline, she turned 13 on April 14th, and a fierce teenager she will be. This world is a better place with this sweet girl in it. I have seen the kindness and grace she extends to her family, and it challenges this old lady to be better. Her parents decided to become a foster family about 5 years ago. One by one the sweet babies came into their home and Karaline has loved those babies as her own brothers and sisters.

Not only is she beautiful inside and out she is an incredibly talented artist who loves to draw. Karaline also likes Cross fit, Harry Potter and reading every book she can. It was a joy and pleasure to spend time with Karaline yesterday afternoon. If my girls are anything like her I will be overjoyed.

A Letter From Dad

To my Karaline,

For thirteen years I have watched you grow into this incredible human. You have one of the most gorgeous smiles I have ever seen, but it pales in comparison to how beautiful your heart is.

When you were born, your mere presence made me want to be better every day. Now, the way you live your life challenges me to be better, more like you, more like Christ.

You love with open hands. Being a foster family is so hard. What you have sacrificed as a part of this foster journey is not lost on me. I see you love every child that comes into our home with the fiercest most selfless love I have ever seen. You do not try to protect your heart; you give it away over and over. You don’t just “go along” with being a foster family you are a major part of creating a home where every kid feels safe, wanted and loved. You fight for their future just like your mama and I.

You look for the good. You always try to find the good in every situation and in every person. When you find the good you speak it. You are an encourager. You take them time to speak the good things you see in people, the things you appreciate about them. This is one of my favorite things about you.

I could go on and on, but let me just say, I am a better person today because God chose you to be my baby girl. I am so grateful to watch you change all that is around you simply by being truly who God created you to be.

I love you. Forever. I will always be your biggest fan!

Love you, Daddy


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Aug 04, 2017

Romantic Wedding In the Mountains

Meet Michael and Melanie. Avid dog lovers, that met at a dog park, which is why they had Zelda and Remy in their ceremony. The second time they saw each other at the dog park Michael asked Melanie out and the rest is history.

Melanie just graduated from nursing school with her BSN and has become an RN working in the surgical ICU. Michael is finishing up his PHD in biomedical engineering at Virginia Tech, specializing in cardiac research.

Michael and Melanie’s wedding in the mountains was perfect. Quaint with about 30 guests, most of which were family. They were married at the Hawkesdene estate on a warm, but not too hot July summer day. The beautiful flowers were arranged by Andrews Florist. All the delicious desserts  were made by Sugar Cloud Baking Company, from Asheville, NC. And the ladies hair stylists were from Salon El-Khouri and Day Spa.

What a perfect day for a beautiful wedding, everything came together for this wonderful couple and we were happy to be a part of your special day. Enjoy.

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Aug 02, 2017

Family getaway in the mountains

Meet Steve and Daphne Oakes, celebrating 40 years together, they gathered with their family for a vacation in the mountains. From rocky mount, Va, a small town about 30 minutes south of Roanoke, Steve and Daphne were high school sweethearts and both of their parents were from the Rocky Mount area as well. Daphne is a retired registered nurse at the local hospital and Steve is retired from administration in the school system in rocky mount/Franklin County.
Their children Evelyn and Clay and all their grandchildren gathered in the mountains to enjoy some fun family time together. Clay and his wife live in Rocky mount with their four children. Both Clay and his wife are X-ray technicians at the local hospital. Evelyn and her husband live in Virginia Beach, Va with their two children. Evelyn moved there ten years ago to go to school and met her husband there. She now works as a speech therapist and her husband works in sales.
I had a wonderful time meeting this awesome family and getting to know them a little bit. I am always so encouraged when I meet couples that have been together for a significant amount of time. Congratulations to Steve and Daphne, 40 years is a great milestone…here’s to many more together.

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